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Cindy Crawford and Orbis Unveil New Plane and Technology to Fight Blindness

Orbis, the international eye care charity, launches the third generation of its Flying Eye Hospital to continue fighting blindness around the world. More than six years in the making, the third-generation Flying Eye Hospital is the world’s only mobile ophthalmic teaching hospital on board an aircraft. Hundreds of experts have come together to combine the latest in avionics, hospital engineering, technology, and clinical expertise to make the new Flying Eye Hospital a reality. It features a modular design, 3D technology and live broadcast capabilities enabling Orbis, alongside its team of over 400 medical volunteers, to train more doctors, nurses, and healthcare professionals – ultimately treating more people and restoring their sight. It is the only non-land-based hospital in the world that is U.S. accredited by the AAAASFI (American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities International.)


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The Flying Eye Hospital includes a 46-seat classroom, state-of-the-art AV/IT room, patient care and laser treatment room, operating room, sterilization room, and a pre-and post-operative care room. The hospital suite comprises nine customized modules similar to commercial cargo containers. On a technical basis alone, this pioneering module approach will save money, time and resources.

After its showcase in Los Angeles, the Flying Eye Hospital will visit five additional U.S. locations: New York, Washington, D.C, Memphis, Dallas and Sacramento, offering public tours so people can learn more about Orbis and its sight-saving work around the world. The Flying Eye Hospital will then depart to Asia to conduct its inaugural program in Shenyang, China this September, before heading to Indonesia in November.


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Crawford, who is the brand ambassador or Omega (also a supporter of Orbis) had flown with the previous Flying Eye Hospital to witness the program first-hand in Peru. She was on site to showcase the plane at the Los Angeles press conference.

To learn more about Orbis and to get involved, please visit and follow the organization’s work on Twitter and Facebook.  


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Kindly sponsored by OMEGA, the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital carries an important cargo of teddy bears, which are given to every pediatric patient to give them comfort.



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